Top 10 gift ideas for employees on a budget

Are you looking for staff Christmas gift ideas that won’t get you into trouble with Accounts? With just (whisper it) 15 weeks to go until Christmas, we’ve been rounding up our favourite gift ideas for employees on a budget.
It’s never been more important to show your staff how much you value and appreciate them. Small gestures, like gifts for the holiday season, can go a long way towards improving employee well-being and helping to retain staff, even before the extraordinary circumstances of the past two years. Since spring 2020, as employees everywhere have had to find new ways of working while adapting to the ever-changing situation, it’s no wonder that staff burnout is on the rise and workplace stress is increasing. A well-thought out, personal gift can help counteract this, engaging your employees and showing your appreciation for their support and adaptability throughout the ongoing pandemic. If you’re looking for staff Christmas gift ideas then read on.
 
Top 10 gift ideas for employees on a budget
With everything from jam to gin and colouring books to water bottles, here are ten brilliant staff Christmas gift ideas to raise some festive cheer without raising your accountant’s blood pressure.

 

The Mindfulness Colouring Book by Emma Farrarons
 
Research has shown that colouring for as little as ten minutes a day can reduce anxiety and stress, and it’s a rewarding activity that can be done almost anywhere. We love this beautifully illustrated colouring book from artist Emma Farrarons – and at that price you could add in some high quality pencils or felt tips too.
 
  1. Festive Bramble Gin Elixir from Shed 1 Gin – £19.45
Festive Bramble Gin Elixir from Shed 1 Gin
 
Gin has been one of the runaway successes of the past few years, and we love this one from small distillery Shed 1, with the festive twist of foraged fruits. Shortlisted for the Great British Food Awards in 2020, it’s delicious on its own, with tonic, warmed up or splashed into Prosecco – the perfect winter tipple.
 
  1. Bamboo coffee mug by Eco Chic – £10.00
 Bamboo coffee mug by Eco Chic
Guaranteed to keep hot drinks hot, whether your employees are battling the commute to work or juggling Zoom calls and children at home, these stylish cups from Giraffe Gifts feature a screw on lid for safety and are free of Bisphenol-A (BPA) and Phthalate. Plus they’re made of 50% sustainable bamboo fibre, which means that not only will they reduce waste by cutting down on disposable coffee cups on the go, but they’re also 80% biodegradable – a gift for your employee and the planet.
 
  1. Branded chocolate card from Morse Toad – from £4.95
 Branded chocolate card from Morse Toad
Some people think the holidays should be all about treating yourself, and Christmas and chocolate are a classic combination, like fish and chips or Delboy and Rodney. Morse Toad’s branded chocolate cards are guaranteed to be 100% tastier than a normal card, and start from as little as £4.95. Get in touch with us to discuss personalised orders and large order discounts, or see all our Christmas chocolate gifts here.
 
  1. Say Hello to Winter essential oil blend gift box from Help Me Organics – £12.00
 Say Hello to Winter essential oil blend gift box from Help Me Organics
Scent can be a powerful mood enhancer, and this blend of Ginger, Sweet orange, Clove, Lemon and Fir needle from Help Me Organics will bring the holiday spirit to any home. This gift set comes with a bottle of blended essential oils and an aroma stone that diffuses the scent without water, electricity or flame, so can be used anywhere, plus the information card is made with seeded paper containing daisy seeds which can be planted out in spring.
 
  1. Jams, preserves and marmalades from Single Variety Co – from £5.00
Jams, preserves and marmalades from Single Variety Co
 
The multiple-award winning Single Variety Co makes small batch jams, marmalades and preserves from premium (and almost entirely local) fruit that are sure to take winter toast, crumpets, tea cakes, cheeses and more to the next level. Individual jars such as Black Bursa Fig Preserve, Fireflame Chilli Jam, Passionfruit Preserve or a classic Maravilla Raspberry Preserve cost from £5 each, or treat them to a gift pack from £20.
 
  1. Inspirational Pencils from The Happiness Planner – £14.00
Inspirational Pencils from The Happiness Planner
 
Help employees feel positive and inspired every day with this bright and colourful set of pencils, which come complete in a gift box with a useful sharpener.
 
  1. You’re a Star bracelet from Moo and Me Designs – £2.75
 You’re a Star bracelet from Moo and Me Designs
This handmade bracelet features a silver star charm on eco-friendly hemp and cord comes with a message thanking employees for all their hard work during the pandemic that can be personalised if you wish. There’s a choice of colours, and you can also add a customised message to the envelope.
 
  1. Personalised water bottle from Moon – from £12.99
 Personalised water bottle from Moon
We all know how important it is to stay hydrated, but actually putting it into practice can be difficult. These stylish water bottles from Moon come in three different sizes and seven different colours that will look great at home, at work, or on the commute. Plus Moon plant five trees for every purchase and donate 10% of their annual profits to Eden Reforestation Projects, which plant millions of trees every year to restore forests and help communities.
 
  1. List Lovers To Do pad from Hello Time – £8.95
 List Lovers To Do pad from Hello Time
For all the planners and list-lovers out there, this UK-designed and manufactured pad includes three different layouts for lists, dotted pages for notes, doodles and scribbles, and plenty of quotes to inspire, motivate and encourage. You can add in their inspirational pencil set too.

 

We hope you enjoyed our gift ideas for employees on a budget and are now bursting with staff Christmas gift ideas! Season’s greetings, one and all!

Debbie Barnes

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